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Zoe Saldana talks, Cindy Crawford wows


Half Dominican, half Puerto Rican, all beautiful and talented, Zoe Saldana first popped into public consciousness playing an aspiring dancer in the 2000 film Center Stage. Since then, the 35-year-old, who was born in New Jersey and raised in the Dominican Republic and Queens, has been featured in a variety of projects: She’s been an action figure in The Losers and Colombiana; Lt. Uhura in the new iteration of the Star Trek series; and the daughter of an extraterrestrial chieftain in the mega-blockbuster Avatar.

In Out of the Furnace, opening Friday, Saldana plays Lena, ex-girlfriend of Christian Bale’s Russell, a Pennsylvania steelworker seeking his missing brother.

But first things first: The actress, who recently married Italian artist Marco Perego, is also the December cover of Ocean Drive magazine, which asked her about a wide range of topics, including what local places she favors.

Puerto Sagua is a never-miss when she comes to town (she’ll be here Friday night to host Niche Media’s annual Art of the Party at a private residence in Miami Beach).

A plate of ropa vieja with white rice is the ticket.

“I’m a Caribbean girl. Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans are not even distant cousins, we’re first cousins, so the food is very similar, and I love Cuban food,” she tells the monthly magazine. “This place is authentic: it’s been there forever.”

Next up for Saldana: Playing unforgettable jazz singer/songwriter Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic.

“It’s one of the scariest projects I’ve ever been involved with,” Saldana admitted to OD. “It was about an iconic figure, and there were so many [politics] around it from the beginning, but I really wanted it to be a love song to Nina Simone and I wanted it to just come from a place of absolute love.”

Nothing fancy

Christian Slater is trying out the old marriage thing again. The actor’s rep confirmed to People that the True Romance star and former MOCA marketing pro Brittany Lopez wed in a quickie ceremony Monday at the Coral Gables District Court. A court clerk snapped a photo of the lovebirds, who met at Little Palm Island. Slater has two kids from his marriage to journalist Ryan Haddon.

Is Lopez preggers? Time always tells.

Thing of beauty

Supermodel Cindy Crawford kicked off the festivities in a big way at Art Miami’s CC (get it?) Lounge Tuesday night in Midtown, schmoozing with “anonymous” graffiti artist Herr Nilsson. The Swede is known for his images of Disney characters in violent situations.

Onlookers said Crawford, who arrived with husband Rande Gerber and was swarmed by admirers, seemed to enjoy Nilsson’s not-so-innocent street art, i.e. Winnie the Pooh with a machine gun.

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